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The Associated Press
AP Top Science News At 6 p.m. EST

NASA spacecraft making first visit to dwarf planet Ceres
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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet....

Syria's civil war linked partly to drought, global warming
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The conflict that has torn Syria apart can be traced, in part, to a record drought worsened by global warming, a new study says....

New plane tracking to be tested after Malaysia jet mystery
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SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday....





AP PHOTOS: Antarctica's spectacular glaciers melting faster
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) -- From the ground of this extreme northern part of Antarctica, a spectacular white and blinding ice seemingly extends forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging below to reshape Earth....

Myanmar captures rare white elephant in western jungles
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's forestry department has captured a rare white elephant in the jungles of the country's western Ayeyarwaddy region, an official said Sunday....

Crop herbicides play a role in shrinking monarch population
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A butterfly being considered for federal protection is emblematic of the plight that pollinating insects face in part because farmers, enticed by ethanol mandates, are growing more herbicide-resistant crops, which has stripped millions of acres of crucial plant habitat....

Spacewalking astronauts finish extensive, tricky cable job
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Spacewalking astronauts successfully completed a three-day cable job outside the International Space Station on Sunday, routing several-hundred feet of power and data lines for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA....

China's latest survey finds increase in wild giant pandas
BEIJING (AP) -- Wild giant pandas in China are doing well....

Switzerland 1st country to submit pledge for UN climate pact
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Switzerland has become the first country to submit a pledge to the United Nations for a new global climate deal, vowing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 1990 levels....

The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) -- From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth....